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Transgender patients in early Swedish medical research

source material in their attempts to understand and create diagnostics and treatment methods for ‘transvestism’ and ‘transsexuality’. The life stories obtained from letters thus became part of data, case files, knowledge and intellectual property of the medical ‘experts’. In addition to Hirschfeld’s research, some early collected letters include those collected by Bernard S. Talmey in 1913 (Schaefer and Wheeler, 1995 ; Stryker, 2017 ; Talmey, 1914 ). Also Nordic trans persons established letter clubs. The most known of these are transvestite and trans clubs that

in Bodily interventions and intimate labour